Kuba Cloth - an African treasure

Kuba fabric is woven from the fibers of the Raphia Vinifera palm. The making of these textiles is a multi-step process involving children, men and women of the same tribe. The method includes collecting and preparing the bast fibers for weaving and embroidery, weaving the base fabric, dyeing the embroidery fibers and embellishing the woven fabric with embroidery, appliqué, patchwork and dye. Embroidered pieces of fabric are individually designed, the patterns determined and passed on over generations.

Used indoors as table runners, pillows, bedspreads or even framed, they are among the most popular African treasures.